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Middle school students all shook up

Steve Hansen
Special to the Bonanza

IMS students stand in front of the special trailer built by Big Shaker Enterprises on June 4.

On June 4, the P.E. classes at Incline Middle School experienced a 7.0 earthquake courtesy of Big Shaker Enterprises and UNR School of Seismology's Dr. Annie Kell.

Dr. Kell provided a lesson on the seismological risks around Lake Tahoe including the tsunami hazards resulting from an earth quake caused under water landslide.

Dr. Kell felt it was important the students know the hazards, what fault structures cause them and then experience the shaking those faults can cause in order to drive home the importance of being prepared.

In a 20-foot trailer decorated like a living room, the students got to experience 10 to 15 seconds of magnitude 6-to-7 shaking. Instructed to "duck, cover and hold on," the students got all shook up in the special trailer.

Using sophisticated hydraulic pumps and motors, the big shaker trailers can imitate a wide range of seismic magnitudes.

After the big shake Dr. Kell led a discussion on home hazard recognition and how to make your home as earth quake ready and safe as possible.

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"We hope the kids will go home and spread the word about earth quake safety," Dr. Kell said.

Steve Hansen is physical education teacher at Incline Middle School.